One of the Country’s Top Wine and Food Festivals, September 2, 2017

Ticket Sales Now Open to the General Public

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (May 11, 2017) – Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, presented by Visa Signature®, is pleased to announce exclusive Visa Signature and Visa Infinite cardholder ticket savings for Taste of Sonoma, one of the country’s top wine and food festivals held at the Donald and Maureen Green Music Center at Sonoma State University.  Tickets are available on the Taste of Sonoma website.

Taste of Sonoma – a spectacular Labor Day Weekend event set on Saturday, September 2 – offers an extraordinary immersive opportunity for wine and culinary enthusiasts to taste incomparable wines and locally-grown, gourmet dishes; meet passionate vintners and growers; and experience the welcoming community spirit of the Sonoma County wine region.

Taste of Sonoma will bring the historic Sonoma County wine region to life with access to rare and highly sought-after wines, gourmet foods and locally grown produce from top Sonoma County chefs, intimate conversations with wine luminaries and winemakers, and focused seminars covering a range of topics — from Sonoma County terroir to expert advice from chefs. Held at the beautiful Donald & Maureen Green Music Center at Sonoma State University, nestled in the picturesque foothills of Northern California’s esteemed Wine Country, the event offers the perfect setting to celebrate the region’s amazing wine and food.  More than 165 wineries will share unique varietals from their acclaimed collections, and top local chefs will be serving mouthwatering bites.

Taste of Sonoma is the ideal Labor Day Weekend experience and a ‘must’ for wine and food lovers who want to indulge in Sonoma County’s finest wines and artisan food,” said Sonoma County Vintners Executive Director Jean Arnold Sessions.  “This dynamic event is one of the top wine and food festivals in the country and will give guests special access to the abundance of Sonoma County’s famed wineries and culinary artists.”

Taste of Sonoma’s packed schedule includes an all-day Grand Tasting event showcasing Sonoma County’s impeccable wines and foods on Saturday, September 2 at the Donald and Maureen Green Music Center at Sonoma State University.  Guests can opt to participate in the afternoon Sommelier Tours, in which nationally acclaimed sommeliers will lead wine enthusiasts on a 30-minute guided tasting, as well as Wine Talk Seminars, a series of lively panel discussions and focused tastings with renowned Sonoma County winemakers.  Taste of Sonoma guests can also participate in a blind tasting challenge to test their knowledge of Sonoma County wines.  At the end of each blind tasting, the sommelier host will reveal the wines, and share tasting tips.

Tickets range in price from $150 to $255 per person, with Club Reserve tickets providing guests special access to the people behind Sonoma County’s iconic brands who will share their most sought after, limited release wines.

Sonoma County Wine Auction
In addition to Taste of Sonoma, a second event, the Sonoma County Wine Auction, the County’s leading annual charitable wine auction, will be held on Saturday, September 16 at the La Crema Estate at Saralee’s Vineyard. The Auction brings the wine industry, Chefs and guests together to invest in our community by supporting children for future success, preserving our environment, and improving the health and welfare of our local community.  Guests have an opportunity to bid on an array of luxurious and once-in-a-lifetime experiences, sipping spectacular wines and dining on dishes expertly crafted from Sonoma County’s freshest ingredients.  This extraordinary event has raised $24 million to date for 95 local Sonoma County charitable organizations and reflects the Sonoma County wine community’s commitment to giving back to our greater community.  Tickets will go on sale for the Auction in mid-June and more information will be available at SonomaWineCountryWeekend.com.
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About Sonoma Wine Country Weekend
Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is the signature celebration of Sonoma County’s wines, winegrowers, chefs and the independent, generous spirit of this world-class wine country destination.  Produced by Sonoma County Vintners, the events have raised more than $24 million to date to invest in Sonoma County’s future.  For more information about Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, visit SonomaWineCountryWeekend.com.

About 2017 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Presenting Sponsor Visa Signature®

Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is presented by Visa Signature. Visa Signature offers account holders a range of benefits that provide special access and can save time and money. In addition to points, miles, cash back and other premium rewards offered by Visa Signature issuers, account holders enjoy perks such as 24/7 complimentary concierge services, the Visa Signature Luxury Hotel Collection and exclusive offers for fine wine and food, travel and sports. For more information on Visa and other Visa offerings, please visit Visa.com.

About Sonoma County Vintners
Sonoma County Vintners (SCV) is the leading voice of Sonoma County wine, dedicated to raising awareness of Sonoma County as one of the world’s premier wine regions, noted for its heritage of artisan winemaking, distinct growing regions, and extraordinary quality.  Founded in 1944, SCV represents more than 200 wineries and affiliated businesses throughout the county. To learn more about Sonoma County Vintners, visit: SonomaWine.com.

Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University

The Wine Business Institute (WBI) is an education and research institute of the School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State University (SSU).  SSU is the first institution of higher learning in the U.S. to offer seminars, certificates, and degree programs focused on the business of wine.  It is the first school of business in the world to offer an executive-level wine business degree.  In 2017, WBI will open the Wine Spectator Learning Center, a 15,000-square-foot state-of-the-art education complex dedicated to training the next generation of leaders for a dynamic global wine industry.  With its unique location, expert faculty, and deep relationships in the world of wine, WBI attracts current and future professionals from California and around the world to experience the wealth of connections among students, alumni, and industry leaders.

Sonoma State University’s Green Music Center

Nestled in the picturesque foothills of Northern California’s esteemed wine country, the Green Music Center (GMC) is a focal point for arts in the region, with its spectacular 1400-seat Weill Hall, an acoustically exceptional venue with a modular rear wall that opens to terraced lawn seating, providing picturesque views of the surrounding countryside, and the 240-seat Schroeder Hall, a cathedral-like recital hall designed specifically to accentuate instruments, organ and voice in a small, intimate setting.  A program of Sonoma State University, the GMC presents year-round programming of top classical, contemporary, jazz and world music artists, and is home to the Santa Rosa Symphony.

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